verb (used with object), as·sas·si·nat·ed, as·sas·si·nat·ing.

to kill suddenly or secretively, especially a politically prominent person; murder premeditatedly and treacherously.
to destroy or harm treacherously and viciously: to assassinate a person's character.

Nearby words

  1. assam states,
  2. assamese,
  3. assassin,
  4. assassin bug,
  5. assassin fly,
  6. assassination,
  7. assateague island,
  8. assault,
  9. assault and battery,
  10. assault boat

Origin of assassinate

First recorded in 1590–1600; assassin + -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for assassination


verb (tr)

to murder (a person, esp a public or political figure), usually by a surprise attack
to ruin or harm (a person's reputation, etc) by slander
Derived Formsassassination, noun

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